April is National Poetry Month
Poetry : writing that usually involves figurative language and lines that have rhythm and sometimes rhyme
"Poetry." Merriam-Webster, 2016. Web. 29 Mar. 2016. <http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/poetry>.
30 Ways to Celebrate
Sign up for Poem-a-Day
Every weekday original poems are sent out via email, the web, and social media to 500,000+ readers. You can sign up here. Perhaps students or teachers could take it in turns to read a poem aloud each morning.
Sign up for Teach This Poem
Every week, an email is sent to K-12 educators, featuring one poem with resources and classroom activities. It’s designed to help teachers quickly and easily bring poetry into the classroom. You can sign up here.
Encourage a young person to participate in the Dear Poet project
Students in grade 5 to 12 are invited to write letters in response to poems written and read by some of the award-winning poets. Find out more here.
Start a poetry reading group
This could be in your class, or perhaps as a lunchtime or after school activity. Find more tips on starting a group here.
Poetry Generators & Games
Check out the following games and poetry generators here.
Tools and Gizmos
- Automatic Poetry Generator
- Poem Engine
- Sonnet Generator
- Diastic Poem Generator
- Interactive Poetry Generator
Poetry idea engine-read write think
Write Your own Haiku Poem-Read Write Think
Write your own acrostic poem-Read write think
Write your own riddle poem
Write your own theme poem
Dear Poet 2016
Write to a poet!
Dear Poet Project 2019
Dear Poet Project 2019 - For National Poetry Month 2019, we present Dear Poet, a multimedia education project inviting young people in grades five through twelve to write letters in response to poems written and read by some of the award-winning poets who serve on the Academy of American Poets Board of Chancellors. Students can participate in this year’s Dear Poet project by watching the videos below of Chancellors reading and discussing one of their poems.
Resources from Reading Rockets
National Poetry Month
April is National Poetry Month, 30 days of celebrating the joy, expressiveness, and pure delight of poetry. Learn more about the National Poetry Month, get to know some of our most well-loved children's poets in our video interview series, browse the many online resources listed here, and visit your local library or bookstore to discover wonderful new books and anthologies.
Need More Ideas?
- Hold a March Madness Poetry Tournament
- Complete this poem...
- Write a poem and make a video (green screen)
- Create a poem using emojis